September 26, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1550
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
AIRWATCH’S NICOLE FLIES AWAY The lovely Nicole Pearson is born Nicole Nadia Pearson on August 10, 1964 in New York City. Because her father is a Petroleum Engineer, she lives in far away places like the Middle East. In August 1982, Nicole moves to San Diego, CA to attend the State University. In 1990, she is a Metro Traffic reporter on XTRA, KSDO, KPBS, KQJY, XHTZ and KGB. In 1993, she joins Airwatch Communications on KFMB-760 & FM for 2 years. On September 20, 2016 Nicole Pearson Piner passes away.
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PROLIFIC MUSIC CITY TUNESMITH PASSES Born John D. Loudermilk on March 31, 1934 in Durham, NC, he becomes one of the most dynamic Nashville, TN songwriters of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Timeless Rock, Pop and Country tunes like Abilene, Indian Reservation, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, Tobacco Road andWaterloo are just a sample of the big hits that John D. Loudermilk pens. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member John D. Loudermilk passes at 82 from bone cancer.
ANOTHER RADIO STATION BITES THE DUST WSTP-1490 goes on the air on New Year’s Eve 1939 broadcasts the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1940 is 13th oldest radio station in North Carolina and oldest in Salisbury. At the height of the disco era WSTP-1490 flips from Top 40 to disco 15 Fever. Over the years, WSTP-1490 broadcasts various formats: Top 40, Disco, Country and Beach music. For a spell, it even tries a News-Talk format. After 76 years on the air, WSTP-1490 goes silent at midnight Friday, August 30, 2016.
VIACOM SPLITS DIVIDEND IN HALF Viacom reveals that Interim Chief Executive Tom Dooley exits in November 2016. Sumner Redstone controls 80% voting stake in the media giant. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 the big V bisects its dividend. The departure of Dooley, who is with Viacom for more than three decades, shocks insiders. With the rise of streaming rivals, Viacom’s profits sink as ratings dive. According to The Wall Street Journal, Viacom no longer wants to sell a minority stake in Paramount Pictures.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Why does Rock group The Doors receive a lifetime ban from The Ed Sullivan Show? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tom Ellis Thursday, September 22nd. •WSRV FM (97.1 The River) Atlanta, GA moves market cream of the crop English Nick who does nights on The River since January 2016 on up to middays.•ANDY HOLT PD of Bonneville AC KOSI FM (101.1) Denver, CO tacks on cluster mate Country KYGO FM (98.5) on an interim basis as the search for a new PD crawls along after Eddie Haskell resigns as PD of KYGO FM in August 2016 from a three-year sprint.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 JAPAN’s typhoon Vera kills about 5,000 on September 26th. •1969 LORETTA LYNN records Coal Miner’s Daughter on October 1st at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, TN. •1971 WGBY TV PBS CH 57 in Springfield, MA begins broadcasting on September 26th. •1986 THE EVERLY BROTHERS receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 2nd. •1994 ESTONIA government of Laar flees on September 26th.•2002 TERRI CLARK’s video I Just Wanna Be Mad debuts on CMT on September 26th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Johnny Dark. You’re so right, Jim…this seems to be a bad year for us older radio people. John Dougherty…the Johnny Dark I mentioned, was very nervous about being inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame…he was afraid he wouldn’t live long enough, but he did make it. He’s had 5 heart surgeries, about 3 or 4 cancer surgeries, and has come thru them all. He attended the TRHoF festivities 2 years ago, after having just gotten out of the hospital the day before. Good guy, well deserving! JP
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Bruce Hathaway Thursday Update. OK, Everybody…it is unfortunate that erroneous information got out on Facebook and upset a lot of people…but the good news is…Bruce is OK and still working on his recovery. People who have spoken to his daughter report that he has returned to his room after a procedure earlier today. Tomorrow he will undergo a surgical procedure to clear a clogged artery in his leg. While speaking with his daughter, Bruce could be heard talking in the background. They will be keep us posted. I’ll let you all know as soon as I know more. Please pray hard for Bruce tomorrow that all goes well with the surgery and that he continues to get better. Liz
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ED MILLER [former OM KPCN-730] (Austin, TX) Subject: (email to Bill Bragg) KPCN-730 Reunion. Yeah, I was Ed Milton, the son of Giles who had the backdoor office, and I think you are correct that you and I did not have a chance to meet back then. I was with KPCN from the very beginning in 1961, and thought I had been there until the bitter end, but I now believe not. Apparently I left in about ’67, so there are several surviving KPCN alumni I did not work with before the sale of the station went through, including you and Jay Weaver. I was Operations Manager at the end of my tenure, and evidently Jim Rose was the last one I hired. Ed
TRIVIA ANSWER: When Rock group The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 17, 1967, he asks them to change the line Girl, we couldn’t get much higher in their hit Light My Fire. Lead singer Jim Morrison agrees, but he sings the offending words anyway. That leads to a lifetime ban from the The Ed Sullivan Show.
BILL BRAGG [ex KPCN-730 DJ – Voice of BIG TEX] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: (email to Ed Miller) KPCN-730 Reunion. Hey Ed! I may have seen you in person shortly after I got out of High School. I had a 57 Chevy with a CB Radio, and back in 1965 I was listening to KPCN instead of KLIF (like all the other kids)! When I heard that you Guys were doing a live Remote at the Sears Gas Station/Tire Store at Valley View Mall on LBJ, I was there to watch! I think that may have been you rolling-up cable and carrying a loud speaker?? Can’t wait to see you (again?) and meet Jim Rose! So please keep me informed and feel to share our conversion with Jim! Bill Bragg 47 years in Radio & TV Broadcasting; The Voice of BIG TEX 2002-2012 The State Fair of Texas (www.billbragg.com) / (www.yesterdayusa.com)
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN (May 1, 1881 – April 10, 1955) The history of the kingdom of God is, directly, one of a reunion. The total divine milieu is formed by the incorporation of every elected spirit in Jesus Christ.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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